Director, Legal Analysis and Writing for LLM and SJD Programs and Co-Director of the Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Penn State Law and School of International Affairs
Dean's Office


Penn State Law seeks a Director to lead instruction and curriculum development efforts, particularly legal writing, for international students enrolled in Penn State Law’s LL.M. and S.J.D. programs, and to co-direct the Law School’s Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum. The LLM and SJD legal writing program seeks to develop international students’ legal analytical skills and equip students to write and speak clearly and persuasively, for diverse legal audiences and clients. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director is responsible for: teaching the required LL.M. “Legal Analysis and Writing” and elective “Advanced Legal Analysis and Writing” courses; developing appropriate summer program options for foreign-trained lawyers and prospective LL.M. students; and working with linguists and professors to help students achieve expected benchmarks. The Director also provides academic advising to LL.M. students and assists in student services-related activities. This full-time faculty member will also co-direct the Law School’s Indigent Criminal Justice Practicum. This practicum is an experiential learning program jointly administered by Penn State Law’s J.D. program and the Public Defender’s Office of Centre County, Pennsylvania. The Co-Director will teach the trial track of this practicum, which involves representation of indigent criminal defendants, accused of misdemeanor offenses in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas. Students learn litigation, negotiation and advocacy skills as they represent defendants through all stages of a criminal case. This hands-on experience is accompanied by a classroom component designed to give students guidance, feedback and an open forum to discuss their cases and the various facets of defense work. This faculty member may also be requested to teach courses in criminal law, and/or legal skills in the J.D. curriculum. This position requires a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, admission to the Pennsylvania Bar, or the ability to waive into the Bar, plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The ideal candidate will have exemplary skills in law teaching, criminal defense practice, legal writing, oral and written communication, and interpersonal exchange with individuals from different countries and cultures. The ability to self-manage, multitask, and organize work independently is crucial to success in this position. Some international travel may be required. The position will begin on July 1, 2020. This position is part of a system of faculty contracts progressing to presumptively renewable long-term contracts, and are not part of the Law School’s tenure stream.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088